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Frank Thomas worried that the hysteria created by last weekend's Cubs-Sox series would disrupt his team's focus against the division rival Minnesota Twins.
"Last weekend was definitely like a World Series," Thomas said. "There were 45,000 fans out there every night and everybody wanted to do something special. In the city series guys took it to another level, and it's easy for a letdown if you let it happen."
Not to worry. The Sox had a blast Monday night.
In front of 29,945 fans at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox dismantled the Minnesota Twins 10-3 while finally solving starter Joe Mays (8-5).
Mays entered Monday night's game 8-2 with a 3.56 earned-run average in 16 starts against the White Sox. But Mays lasted only 2 1/3 innings Monday, giving up eight runs on six hits, including three home runs.
In all, the Sox belted five home runstwo by Magglio Ordonez.
"[Mays is] a good pitcher, and he can still have a day when he has good stuff, and still be somewhat dominating," Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "We have been swinging the bat well lately. When Carlos Lee, Magglio, Frank
when you have that part of the group swinging the bat, you have a real good shot. Guys like Aaron Rowand and Joe Crede and Miguel Olivothe young playersadd to it a little bit."
The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Willie Harris (2-for-5) led off with a triple to right and scored on Rowand's single.
Crede drove a two-run homer to left in the second inninghis seventh of the seasonto make it 3-0. A five-run third inning broke the game open. Rowand walked and scored on a Thomas double. Ordonez followed with a two-run homer, which was his 1,000th career hit.
"It means a lot. I've been in the big leagues six years and I already have 1,000 hits," Ordonez said. "I have my swing back, and I'm hitting the ball very good."
After Lee reached on an error by Twins third baseman Corey Koskie, Jose Valentin made the Twins pay by blasting his 12th home run of the season deep into the right-center-field bleachers. Valentin, who had been robbed of a home run by the Cubs' Sammy Sosa last Saturday, also was deprived of a home run in the second inning when Twins center fielder Torii Hunter leaped over the fence to make a spectacular grab.
The White Sox (40-42), who have won four of their last five and seven of 10, are trying to overtake the Twins and Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.
"We feel like we've got a little momentum going right now," Manuel said.
The Twins have won only five of their last 16 games.
Sox starter Jon Garland (6-6) blanked the Twins for 6 1/3 innings before giving up back-to-back homers to Bobby Kielty and A.J. Pierzynski. But Ordonez answered with his second homer of the night in the bottom of the seventha 437-foot shot to left. It was Ordonez's 15th career multi-homer game, and his second this season. Lee belted his 13th homer on the first pitch from reliever Michael Nakamura.